Candid Conversations: Vivien Mangalindan
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Rising Above Social Awkwardness

Sep 23, 2022, 3:31 AM
Vivien Mangalindan

Vivien Mangalindan


I don’t get it. They attend networking events - and yet they don’t want to engage with anyone. Have you experienced being with people like this - whether in person or online?


Here are some familiar scenarios.

l When you ask them what they do for a living, they reply:

“Ay, I’m not prepared!” For what? What’s the point in going to networking events if you don’t want to network?

l They do not participate during the Question and Answer portion even if they have so many questions in mind. And then they complain that they didn’t learn anything new.

l No matter how we make efforts to include them in the conversation, they fail to reply with even just a simple yes or no. All you see is empty stares.

A quick consult online says:

SOCIAL AWKWARDNESS - the feeling we experience when we believe that our desire for being accepted by others is threatened in a given situation

They’re afraid of being judged, but because of their behavior, they don’t make a good impression.


Rise above social awkwardness so you don’t end up saying these lines.

l I have something in mind, but I don’t know what to say.

l The other people sound much brighter than me.

l I’m not confident enough.

Reminder: A quick check online provides basic information about the speaker. That will give you interesting talking points for conversation.

Here’s some good news. You don’t have to be a genius. Ask for clarification when you don’t understand. People are happy to know that you’re interested in what they’re saying.


Make sure you are ready with your script before attending events.

l Introduce yourself.

l State what you expect to learn or get from the event.

Do your homework.

1. Practice saying who you are and what you do.

2. Video record yourself - and review.

3. Make sure you deliver your lines in a conversational tone.

4. Look friendly when you say it.

5. Remember to smile.

Take a deep breath. Relax. You are now ready to socialize with ease. Enjoy!

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